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Matsushima Zuiganji

Matsushima Zuiganji


Posted By on Mar 12, 2016

Matsushima Bay is not just one of three most beautiful and iconic views of Japan, but it’s also home to many temples, including Zuiganji.  Originally founded in 828, lord Date Masamune, often known as the “One-Eyed Dragon” had this temple renovated and rebuilt, using lumber Mt. Kumano, and expert craftsmen from Kyoto and Kii. The first thing you’ll notice is the masterfully crafted building consisting of...

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Like many other locations in Japan (especially Kyoto), Kakunodate is a relic of Old World Japan from the Edo era. During the Edo era, Kakunodate was bustling with samurai and merchants, and is still home to some of the best remaining examples of samurai architecture in Japan. If you ever dreamed of walking the streets of the Samurai, look no further—this is your place. Located in the Akita prefecture of Tohoku, Kakunodate is the...

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Tohoku is a stunningly beautiful place, yet even by this notion, Matsushima Bay stands out as an especially beautiful location.  This beautiful bay in the Miyagi prefecture of Tohoku is named rather simply: Matsu meaning “pine” and Shima meaning “island” indicative of its pine trees and the 260 islands that can be found here. One of the three Nihon Sankei (three most beautiful views of Japan), Matsushima bay is...

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Hiraizumi Chusonji 2016 is a commemorative year for Chusonji Temple and Hiraizumi; it has been nearly 5 years since this location was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Established by the Fujiwara clan, rulers of northern Japan during the Heian Period (794 – 1185), Hiraizumi is Tohoku’s first World Heritage Site. Before the establishment of Chusonji Temple, there is no historical or archaeological evidence of...

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Kakunodate a city situated in the belly of Akita prefecture, offers beautiful traditional Japanese landscape. Kakunodate The beauty of untouched nature and well preserved old samurai town creates a perfect harmony. Kakunodate Since it’s situated in Tohoku, the northern region of Japan, there are all four seasons for one to enjoy. In spring, the large cherry blossom trees bloom vigorously but with elegance. In summer the trees...

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This was a most memorable trip… We had the best seats in the house to view Japan’s premier fireworks festival. Nagaoka, Honolulu’s sister city, assisted us in getting the best seats to view “The Nagaoka Fireworks Festival”. There are no words to describe this fabulous festival with 20,000 fireworks munitions. Over 520,000 people came to see this festival from all over Japan including us from Hawaii! We...

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